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Alcuin hosted a school-wide festivity to mark the 50th Day of the 50th Year on Nov. 4.

U.S. Olympian Johnny Quinn makes special appearance and challenges students to indoor bobsledding competition  

Alcuin School, a leader in Montessori and International Baccalaureate® education, will celebrate 50 years of empowering students to thrive during its year-long golden anniversary celebration.  To mark one of the significant milestones of this special anniversary year, Alcuin hosted a school-wide festivity to mark the 50th Day of the 50th Year on Nov. 4.  Visit:

U.S. Olympic Bobsledder Johnny Quinn returned to Alcuin School to help kick off the celebration during an all school assembly in the gym.  Quinn has served on the Alcuin School coaching staff for the past four years and he is well known for motivating and inspiring youngsters to do their personal best on and off the field.

The students were delighted to have Quinn back on campus to challenge them to a friendly indoor bobsledding competition.  Following Quinn’s lead, the crowd rallied and cheered on fellow students, parents, faculty, and staff to participate in the fun.

“Shiloh,” Alcuin’s live hawk mascot, also paid a special visit to the students during the 50th Day of the 50th Year Celebration.  Alcuin adopted Shiloh through a donation to Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a highly regarded organization that helps local injured birds and animals.

Their goal is to rehabilitate the bird or animal so that they can return to the wild. However, in some cases like Shiloh, they are unable to return to their natural habitat so they live at the center as part of their educational program. Aside from the students being proud of the fact that Alcuin is supporting the center, they were excited to have their beautiful mascot visit the school during the special anniversary festivities.   

In addition to the surprise campus visitors, students enjoyed a variety of indoor relays, inflatable bounce houses, classroom treats and a magic show for the younger children. The 50th Day of the 50th Year Celebration is one of several activities planned to commemorate Alcuin’s anniversary throughout the 2014-2015 school year.  

“As we commemorate 50 years of inspiring passionate learners and innovative thinkers, we want to celebrate the contributions of our entire school community,” said Walter Sorensen, Alcuin Head of School. “As we move forward, we are opening doors to the future with bold initiatives that appeal to generations of bright, ambitious students, insightful parents and dedicated educators.”  

About Alcuin School

A vibrant, nurturing, coeducational academic community serving students from toddler to 12th grade, Alcuin School uses the Montessori and International Baccalaureate program methods to foster critical thinking and a lifelong passion for learning. With faculty support, students at Alcuin School are eager to embrace change, question the status quo, and prepare for their future as leaders in a global society. For more information, please visit